Flash Pitch! Competition

2019 Request for Proposals

The University of Cincinnati is on a journey toward Inclusive Excellence - embracing the spectrum of diversity and infusing inclusion into every aspect of campus life.


The Equity & Inclusion Student Organization Grant program seeks to support activities created by student organizations that align with the Inclusive Excellence pathway in our University’s Strategic Direction. To advance those ideals, we seek to enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, and accountability within and across the campus community. We define those constructs in the following ways:

Belonging: The degree to which one feels supported, connected, valued and respected.

Agency: The ability to use one’s personal power to impact positive change.

Cultural Competence: The awareness, knowledge and skills to interact comfortably across difference.

Accountability: The obligation of individuals to acknowledge their behaviors and decisions, accept responsibility for them and correct them, if necessary. The expectation for managers and leaders to ensure those in their charge comport themselves accordingly.


All student organizations within the university are eligible to apply.

The three projects with the highest scores will be invited to create a 3 minute pitch (i.e. PowerPoint, video, spoken word etc.) highlighting the proposed activity the grant will address. This video will be played during the E&I Conference with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place recipients decided that day.

The pitch will be broadcast to all conference attendees, so it is important that you are creative and have fun while also making sure your video explains the importance and impact of your proposed activity.

Proposal Format

For full consideration, the proposal should include a title and description addressing:

·      The purpose of the project

            How does the project enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, or accountability?

·      The intended audience

            Who will participate in and benefit from this project?

·      Proposed activities

            In what research or activity will you engage participants?

·      A clearly defined timeline

            What is the anticipated date of each activity?

·      Desired outcomes and methods for assessment

            What is your anticipated outcome and how will you determine success of the project?    

Project Amount

Applicants are eligible to win prizes for:

1st Place- $2000

2nd Place- $1000

3rd Place- $500

Provide an expense description. If applicable, indicate other sources of financial support.

Salaries for UC employees, stipends for student assistants, conference travel, and other indirect expenses will not be covered by this award.

No more than 25% of the award may be used to cover catering expenses.

Report Requirements

Grantees funded under this RFP will be required to report in two formats: 1) a final written report due at the end for the 2020 – 2021 academic year to the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact and 2) a presentation to the President’s Diversity Council or to the campus community through a university-wide forum.

For additional information or to ask questions, please contact:

Dy’an Marinos
Phone: 556-8463

Allie Bickett
Phone: 556-7724